President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the joint-recipients of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani girl-child education activist, Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi.
President Jonathan said in a statement by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, Saturday that he “believed Ms Malala and her co-winner are very worthy recipients of the Noble Peace Prize in view of their globally-acclaimed and very courageous advocacy against bigotry, discrimination, oppression and extremism even in the most difficult of circumstances”.
The president, who recalled his meeting with Ms. Malala earlier this year when she visited Nigeria, saluted her indomitable spirit, resilience, courage and conviction in promoting young girls’ right to education.
Mr. Jonathan also commended Ms. Satyarthi’s peaceful campaign against human trafficking and abuse of children as slave labourers, urging others with grievances around the world to emulate her method of non-violent protests.
The president enjoined both Nobel laureates to draw greater strength from the global honour and recognition which the Nobel Peace Prize represents and carry on their brave advocacy for the rights of girls, women and oppressed persons with renewed vigour and impetus.
President Jonathan assured the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winners that he fully shared their belief and views on gender equity and the protection of the rights of young persons.
He further assured them that under his leadership, the Nigerian government would continue to do all within its powers to promote safe education for all children and the empowerment of women, while vigorously protecting young children from forced labour and human trafficking.